READ : Philippians 2:1-11
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every
name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under
the earth. (vv. 9-10)
President Obama raised a number of eyebrows by bowing to the Emperor of Japan on a
state visit. Today bowing before greatness is optional. Formerly there was no such luxury:
you cowered before kings. It was either “down on your knees” or “off with your head.”
Jesus is a kindly king and there will come a day when every knee must bow. Christ’s
ascension and heavenly session is God’s way of exalting him “to the highest place.” And
one day everyone will see and serve him.
I have had a habit of kneeling when I get out of bed. I do early what I want to be
doing always. There are days, though, when I forget my “pledge of allegiance.” I remember
one day particularly well. I had been fasting while trying to hear from God about whether
I should step out in faith to look for a new job. That morning I forgot to kneel when I
got up out of bed. I took about two steps and started to black out. I literally fainted to
My experience confirmed something for me. I don’t want to have to black out before I
bow down. At the start of every day I want to celebrate the King of king’s coronation. I
want the first thing I do to be freely falling before him!
Lord, I’m freely falling and knowingly kneeling . . . today!